I think we all know that this is a particularly crucial time that requires courageous conversations and meaningful and hopeful actions for the future. I'm not just thinking of religious life, but also about the general state of our natural environment and the long standing conflicts which seem close to the breaking point.
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The question was sincere and direct from my five year old niece, "Why isn't Aunt Melissa married?" Mid-way through a recent family vacation, my niece had questions and my sister turned to me for the answers. Surprised at the sudden change in topic from her favorite "Frozen" movie character (Olaf), I was a bit speechless. I started to say something about not wanting to be married, but realized mid-sentence that wasn't exactly, totally, honestly true, so I changed tactics. I began rambling about her church and the priest and the sister who works there and...she lost interest.
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